France, Vin de Pays des Coteaux de Fenouilledes 75cl
This is from a new, Southern region in France that is attracting a lot of attention. Kmown mostly for it's reds; this is a rare white that was Jancis Robinson's wine of the week for the last week of September 2003.
Gerard Gauby amongst others is behind the wine, he is one of the undoubted South of France superstar winemakers. This is a high altitude area. A blend of Marsanne, Rousanne, Grenache Blanc, Chenin Blanc and Vermentino (Rolle). It has a smoky, steely nose with some oak and honeyed fruit. It is still quite tight, with quite high acidity but also really complex minerally stony flavours. Citrus fruit too and smoky nutty French oak. It's a lovely wine-quite challenging in it's own way. Not a blockbuster but seriously intense tight and complex. It will be fascinating to see how it ages. £19-£20. As Jancis says it would make a great first course wine for entertaining serious wine freaks. Any of you out there??
Published: 3 October 2003
, Author: Noel